Dudley Presentation on Making It Real at TLAP National Event 26.3.13

On 26 March 2013 I gave a presentation on  Dudley’s progress towards Making it Real. I am happy to report that at this event the new Director General for Social Care, Local Government and Care Partnerships at the Department of Health, Jon Rouse, cited Dudley as making great strides in Dementia Services and in its Making it Real social care transformation programme, and indicated that he will be visiting us within the year to see for himself the great work that we are taking forward. Jon will be spending a whole day in Dudley in June and will be combining his visit to the Dementia Gateways with a discussion on Making It Real in Dudley followed by a meeting with Changing Our Lives. Here are my comments to accompany the presentation: Slide one: Introduction My key messages are about collaboration, the need to recycle decreasing resources creatively and some early signs of progress. This is a marathon not a sprint. I am not here to spin. We cannot lose sight of the unprecedented fiscal challenges, increasing demographic demand for care and support, and the wider consequences of legislative change; especially housing reform and welfare benefit. We know that demand for acute mental health services is already up 37% We know thousands of families locally will be impacted by the “bedroom tax” We know the greatest rise in homelessness locally is for 16-25 year olds (many of whom are hidden in statistical returns due to sofa surfing.) We know the local food banks (of which there are five) are now regularly running out of food. We know Local Government and therefore our contracted and grant funded organisations have been hit by 25%-30% decreases in funding with more in the offing. I would suggest the job for everyone working in social care is to think about how we adapt to the wider context. Making It Real provides a focal point to do just that. I am here to talk about how Making It Real is being implemented locally; what we are learning by having a different conversation with citizens in the borough and because I want to encourage everyone who is working hard to deliver this agenda. This is a message of hope and an emphasis of what we can do. When we started writing our Local Account, our officers went and met with a range of community groups. This quotation came from a person who attended one of those sessions and for me neatly summarises the difficulty in accessing the Care and Support system and the risk of having a social care offer that invests heavily in complex and intensive care packages to the detriment of preventative and more community...

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